Snake Season: How to identify dangerous snakes during hot weather

Posted at 4:56 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 17:56:13-04

During the summer, more snake sightings are expected. 

"They are cold blooded, which means they can’t regulate their body temperature. Of course they’re going to take every opportunity to bask in the sun," Traci Robert with Zoosiana said. Louisiana is home to more than 40 different types of snakes.
Robert says, you might have a hard time figuring out which ones are poisonous. However, there are some signs that might help you.

"One thing that people should look for when they come across a snake is the eyes," Robert said. "The eyes that are round are usually safe snakes. The ones that are elliptical could be potentially dangerous." 

She described dangerous snakes, "The coral snake which is going to be black red, and yellow. The cotton mouth snake also known as the water moccasin , and the copperhead. Other popular snakes includes the garter snake, the king snake, and the rat snake. Those are relatively safe. They can actually be your friend because they’re going to rid your homes of rodents." 

Most snakes are harmless and good for the ecosystem. Robert says if  you come across one, keep your distance, leave it alone and be cautious.  

"Just watch it carefully," Robert said. " Be aware of the behaviors. Anything unusual. One thing a snake will do if it feels threatened is wiggle it’s body up and down. It’s also going to make a quick move in the shape of an ‘S’ and raise it’s head. If you see any of those three signs. Just stay away. Nine times out of ten, they’re going to get out of your way before you step on them. They’re not out to hurt people at all."